Mannheim Pipe Organ Samples

Mannheim Pipe Organ Samples is a French romantic-style virtual pipe organ chromatically sampled stop by stop and pipe by pipe, from the  Church of the Holy Spirit, Mannheim, Germany. The 44-stop, 3-manuals and pedal organ was built by Karl Göckel, in 1990.

The Mannheim Göckel organ is widely praised among professional organists and for good reason. Busy with concerts every year, the organ plays a key role in the musical world of the City of Mannheim.

The Mannheim Pipe Organ Samples contributes financially to the upkeep of the original instrument.

Key features

  • The real pipe organ
    • the 1990 Karl Göckel pipe organ of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Mannheim, Germany
    • 44 stops, 3 manuals (with 58 keys) and pedal (with 32 keys)
    • 2 tremulants (tremolos)
  • The recording
    • All stops were sampled chromatically
    • Advanced Pipe Organ Measurements (APM)
  • The sample set
    • 48 kHz / 24-bit format, 4-channel surround samples
    • Natural sound image — the samples authentically preserve all spatial information
    • Multiple loops and releases per sample/key stroke
    • Sampled tremulants
    • One-click assignable keyboards to divisions supporting your console configuration
    • Optional organ engine sounds and noises
    • Touch sensitive keyboard noises
    • Original impulse response reverb of the acoustic space in true stereo format for Hauptwerk V+
    • Multiple pages and touchscreen-optimized for 4:3 landscape displays
      • 4K resolution landscape and FHD portrait graphical interface included for 16:9 displays
  • Shipping
    • download


Mannheim Pipe Organ Samples is a fully playable, freely configurable, intuitively manageable and MIDI-controllable virtual pipe organ for the Hauptwerk™ virtual pipe organ software, for PC and Macintosh computers, delivering the sound of the 44-stop Göckel French romantic-style pipe organ of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Mannheim, Germany, to your computer.

The sample set

The real pipe organ has been entirely virtualized, including all sounds of all of its pipes and all functions. With the KeyboardMass functionality, the inertia of the mechanics of the key action is modeled. By providing the additional feature of adjustability the response speed of the pipe speech when a key is released can be changed to your taste. Thus you can make the keyboards feel very heavy by increasing the slider values, or extremely responsive by decreasing.

Sample format

The final sample set has been made available in 48 kHz / 24-bit 4-channel surround. Multiple lengthy loops were carefully selected for each sound sample.

Acoustics - multiple perspectives and adjustability

The natural room acoustics representing the recording conditions are embedded in the samples with multiple release sample layers; the acoustics heard in the sample set corresponds to the sound heard in the Holy Spirit Church. The sample set is recorded in a way that it is also fully compatible with dry acoustic spaces and additional convolution reverberation.

Multiple recording locations were used to combine the sound of the sampling library. The "organ" sound obtained from closer to the organ supports the semi-dry recording approach, meaning that it is perfectly applicable for professional installations both dry and reverberant places. The church acoustic perspective is more reverberant and captures the sound as perceived in the nave. By using the provided sliders on the graphical interface of the virtual pipe organ and mixing the two acoustic perspectives you can achieve a balance that fits your actual taste or purpose whether it is professional performance or practicing.

Multiple release samples and multiple loops

Multiple loops and release samples are provided for each sample. Triggered to play back randomly, this elaborate looping results in sustained notes of unmatched realism. The loops were calculated in a well-planned way, yielding both shorter and longer loops for each sample. Multiple release samples provide realistic, note-off-triggered pre-recorded reverberation for different lengths of notes. For example, a short note, with sound not fully developed will produce a different reverberation than a long sustained note. This quality is preserved in the sample library by providing multiple release sample layers.

Sampled tremulants

Stops with the tremulant engaged were recorded separately on this pipe organ. This model is providing the real tremulant sound of the organ of Holy Spirit Church, Mannheim.

Advanced Graphical User Interface (GUI)

The graphical interface of this organ was carefully modeled by employing hundreds of photographs and measurement in full 3D and the interface was implemented in a non-orthographical, perspective console view that is fully photo-realistic and operational at the same time. The keys move while you play, and every button responds appropriately to your actions. Both multiple- and single-screen operation is possible: the large number of stops can be operated conveniently from a wide choice of interface pages displayable on multiple touchscreens. Alternatively, 4K resolution landscape and FHD portrait graphical interface provided for 16:9 displays.

Availability and shipping

Mannheim Pipe Organ Samples is available in download delivery.


Feature type Feature Trial Edition Professional Edition
General features Stops 15 44
Keyboard compass (manual/pedal) 58/32 58/32
Acoustics Multichannel format surround 4.0 surround 4.0
Available acoustics church, organist church, organist
Adjustable microphone perspectives yes yes
Combination memory for adjustable microphone perspectives yes yes
Samples Chromatically sampled yes yes
Multiple loops yes yes
Multiple releases yes yes
Tremulants sampled sampled
Engine noise optional yes yes
Touch sensitive tracker noise yes yes
Graphics Single touch screen support yes yes
Multiple touch screen support yes yes
Portrait screen support yes yes
High resolution support (4K landscape, FHD portrait) yes yes
Neutral view support yes yes
All functions MIDI & GUI controllable yes yes
On-screen combination actions General combinations yes yes
General combination memory frames 960 960
PerformanceSequencer™, a combination action for organ settings yes yes
Remembering sliders yes yes
Advanced features and helpers Single-click keyboard to division assignment yes yes
Dynamic KeyboardMass™ feature yes yes
Swell Swellboxes 2 2
Swell pedals 2 2
All divisions enclosed yes yes
Voicing Advanced on-screen voicing yes yes
Size Download size (GB) 17
Delivery Delivery Download Download

The Hauptwerk V compatible version of the Mannheim Pipe Organ Samples ships with the original impulse response reverb of the cathedral. To use this reverberation it is recommended to load the organ with the release samples truncated to 250 ms, and applying the sampled reverberation provided with the product.

The organ and the church

Church of the Holy Spirit

The neo-Gothic Church of the Holy Spirit was built between 1898 and 1903 according to the plans of Ludwig Maier.

During the Second World War, the spire and the roof were damaged, and the windows destroyed, but the church were renovated and a simplified spire were raised until 1953, under the direction of Hans Rolli. The last renovation of the exterior was completed in 2014.

The three-aisled basilica has a height of 19 m in the nave, and is 52.5 m in length. The four-bay central nave is relatively broad, while the two aisles are comparatively narrow. The bell tower on the right of the building has a height of 68 meters, which houses a six-voice bells. The interior was designed in late German Gothic style. The sculptures of the apostles and other saints are created by sculptor Albert Schmidhofer from Offenburg. The high windows above the altar and the rosette were designed by Willy Oeser in the 1950’s. The high altar was created by sculptor Thomas Buscher.

The organ

The organ of the Holy Spirit Church was built by the organ building company of Karl Göckel, in 1990. The modern oak case, with its shapes and ornaments, symbolizes the tongues of fire of the Holy Spirit.

The organ has 44 stops on 3 manuals and a pedalboard, and a 64-stage combination action. Its special feature is the two swell boxes. The specifications of the organ is inspired by the French romantic organbuilding style, especially the Récit division which includes four reed stops and its grandiose flute pipes, which makes this organ highly appropriate to the performance of French organ music.

Specification of the Göckel organ at Church of the Holy Spirit, Mannheimheim

Pedalwerk C–g1   I. Hauptwerk C–a3 II. Positiv C–a3   III. Récit C–a3  
21 Trompette 8' 14 Trompette 8' 8 Tremulant 8' 1 Tremulant 
22 Bombarde 16' 15 Cornet 5fach 8' 9 Cromorne  2 Clairon harmonique 4'
23 Flûte 8' 16 Quinte 2 2/3' 10 Larigot 1 1/3' 3 Voix humaine 8'
24 Flûte 16' 17 Flöte 4' 11 Sesquialtera 2fach 2 2/3' 4 Hautbois 8'
25 Principal 16' 18 Flûte harmonique 8' 12 Rohrflöte 4' 5 Trompette harmonique 8'
26 Flûte 32' 19 Bourdon 8' 13 Bourdon 8' 6 Bourdon 8'
48 Octave 8' 20 Bourdon 16' 35 Principal 8' 7 Bourdon 16'
49 Octave 4' 41 Principal I 8' 36 Salicional 8' 27 Flûte traversière 8'
50 Mixtur 4fach 2 2/3' 42 Viole de Gambe 8' 37 Octave 4' 28 Gambe 8'
51 III/P 43 Octave 4' 38 Doublette 2' 29 Voix céleste 8'
52 II/P 44 Octave 2' 39 Mixtur 3fach 1' 30 Flûte octaviante 4'
53 I/P 45 Mixtur 4fach 1 1/3' 40 III/II 31 Octavin 2'

46 II/I
32 Nazard 2 2/3'

47 III/I
33 Tierce 1 3/5'

Principal II 8'

Specification of the Trial Edition

Pedalwerk C–g1   I. Hauptwerk C–a3 II. Positiv C–a3   III. Récit C–a3  
23 Flûte 8' 18 Flûte harmonique 8' 8 Tremulant 8' 1 Tremulant 
24 Flûte 16' 41 Principal I 8' 9 Cromorne  4 Hautbois 8'
51 III/P
43 Octave 4' 12 Rohrflöte 4' 27 Flûte traversière 8'
52 II/P
46 II/I
13 Bourdon 8' 28 Gambe 8'
53 I/P
47 III/I
36 Salicional 8' 29 Voix céleste 8'

30 Flûte octaviante 4'

32 Nazard 2 2/3'

System requirements and recommendations

It is intended (and required) that the Mannheim Pipe Organ Samples be operated within Hauptwerk, a virtual pipe organ host software application (purchased separately). The Mannheim Pipe Organ Samples work with Hauptwerk V and later, and a valid license for Hauptwerk is required to load the organ.

System requirements for the Mannheim Organ
Platform PC/Mac
Host software

Hauptwerk version V or later
Advanced Edition is recommended, Basic Edition is required


i7 or Xeon or better is recommended
Dual-Core or equivalent is required

Sound card ASIO compatible recommended

The Trial Edition requires the presence of a Hauptwerk USB key / iLok key with a valid license for Hauptwerk V.

For further information, please refer to Hauptwerk's detailed requirements on Hauptwerk's website.

Detailed RAM and polyphony guidelines

Hauptwerk loads all samples in the computer's RAM, with several loading options available according to your computer's specification. For wet sample sets offering built-in long reverberation, most of the RAM usage is due to the release samples. If you have convolution or other reverberation technology available, less RAM and polyphony will allow you to load and play the full organ. If you have more RAM, you can load the full organ with the release samples and enjoy the original sound. We recommend using Hauptwerk's built-in lossless memory compression to reduce the loading size. Below we have summarised the RAM requirements with their corresponding quality options.

RAM requirements for the Mannheim organ
Edition Loading setup Bits Loops Acoustics Releases Required RAM Computer RAM*
Professional Edition
Full organ, 44 stops 24 all original, 4-channels all 54.5 GB 64 GByes

single  30.5 GB  48 GByes
For convolution reverb
250 ms (all)  22.1 GB 32 GByes

Full organ, 44 stops 24 all original, 2-channels (front) all 30.6 GB 48 GByes

single 19 GB 24 GByes
For convolution reverb
250 ms (all) 15.3 GB 24 GByes
  Full organ, 44 stops 16 all original, 4-channels all 31.6 GB 48 GByes

single 19.5 GB 24 GByes
For convolution reverb 120 ms (single) 15.1 GB 24 GByes
  Full organ, 44 stops 16 all original, 2-channels (front) all 19.3 GB 24 GByes

single 13.4 GB 16 GByes
For convolution reverb 120 ms (single) 11.3 GB 16 GByes
Trial Edition
  All 15 stops 16 all original, 4-channels all 13.1 GB 16 GB yes
  All 15 stops 16 all original, 2-channels (front) all 8.4 GB 16 GB yes

*The Required RAM column above is the memory requirement that also includes Hauptwerk™'s own memory consumption, so this represents the RAM the sample set and Hauptwerk™ together will use, but some additional RAM may be required for the operating system itself, (not included in these figures). The measures were obtained on a Windows-based computer. The Computer RAM column shows a recommendation on the amount of RAM your computer should have as a minimum for a given loading setup assuming that some additional RAM is used by the operating system. This value might be different for each case so we recommend the maximum possible amount of RAM installable in your computer for this sample set, except if you are working with external reverberation or in a dry acoustic environment. Also note that on the Mac you may require more RAM in the computer than the value indicated above, due to the Mac OSX RAM allocation behaviour. Also note that Windows is capable of loading more content than your available RAM, loading (paging) the additional sample data to your hard drive, and reading it once the sound is needed (played). In some cases, this will cause glitches in the sound when played in real-time since the hard drive is slower to access than the computer's RAM, but makes the full library usable in offline music composition and recording even if you do not have the required amount of RAM.



Hauptwerk V platform

  • iLok account and license is required for the operation of the sample set
  • Internet connection required for license activation (one-time only)
  • Activation Code issued by Inspired Acoustics upon your purchase to redeem and activate the sample set license via the PACE iLok License Manager software
  • Downloading and installing the latest licensing package file from Milan Digital Audio

This sample set comes in an encrypted format compatible with Hauptwerk v5 and later and requires a PACE iLok license for the operation of the sample set.

For download delivery products, Inspired Acoustics will automatically and instantly set up the download access to your product after your purchase, and assign you a unique Activation Code that you can locate under My Products. Enter this Activation Code to the PACE iLok License Manager to redeem your license.

For retail box deliveries Inspired Acoustics will provide you with a unique Activation Code allowing you to access the downloads and updates to this product. The Activation Code can be found in the box in a printed form. This Activation Code is a unique license voucher for your product identifying your purchase and legitimate use, so please store it in a secure location.

Read more about the license update procedure for Hauptwerk v5 sample sets.

For migrations from previous Hauptwerk versions a one-time sample set migration procedure needs to be done once the previous version of Hauptwerk is upgraded to Hauptwerk V. An Activation Code is not required in this case since the license will automatically be downloaded to your iLok account during the migration process.

Modifications and customization

If you are planning a custom or commercial application that requires a different setup what this sample set offers out-of-the-box, please contact us for making a customized version for you. 

Modification or disassembling the contents of this sample set through the CODM interface of Hauptwerk is not supported since the variety of functions and the availability of the sample set's certain special features already offers most of the functions the CODM interface may offer. The complexity of the Organ Definition File shipping with this sample set is uniquely high and building custom variants requires a certain amount of special expertise. Legally, the end-user license of this sample set is permitting using the samples as a whole, as they ship. 

J. S. Bach - Jesus bleibet meine Freude (BWV 147)

performed live by Attila Pásztor, transcribed by András Dékány

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F. Mendelssohn: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

performed live by Attila Pásztor

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Gergely – Gruber: Csendes éj (Stille Nacht)

performed live by Attila Pásztor

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F. Couperin: Plein chant

performed live using Hauptwerk V

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M. Dupré: Placare Christe Servulis

performed live using Hauptwerk V

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M. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (1st movement)

performed by Joseph Felice

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Ferenc Gergely: Stille Nacht

performed live using Hauptwerk V

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Mannheim Professional Edition

Product Gross price  

Professional Edition - Download (Mannheim) - Hauptwerk V

download 43.9 GB | 1 computer

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